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At JWU we don’t just follow textbooks. We really get into the real world. Professors continually recertify. Recently I worked directly with winemakers in Bordeaux and Napa.”

Bio

Sarah Malik is originally from the United Kingdom, from a town called Chester. She studied Institutional Management and Hotel Catering at Manchester Metropolitan University and worked for Hilton International, Queens Moat Houses, Bass Charrington Breweries and West Midland Taverns, where she was focused primarily on food and beverage.

In 1990, Malik had the opportunity to work in Switzerland for five years to teach hospitality students. It was during her time there that she received her MBA from Oxford Brookes University.

During the last year, she was sent on a faculty exchange to JWU’s Providence Campus, where she eventually secured a full-time position.

Malik has worked for the university for 18 years, including time at the Providence, Charleston and Charlotte campuses (where the latter of which she currently works).

Her primary focus is on wine education. Malik has received a diploma and a sommelier certification from the International Sommelier Guild. She also has a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). She is a member of the Society of Wine Educators (SWE) and holds their Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) and the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) awards.

In her current role at JWU Charlotte, Malik educates Food Service Management juniors and seniors. She also works with any other students who are concentrating in Wines and Spirits and who can eventually certify in the Intermediate and Advanced WSET (London) program and Society of Wine Educators (SWE) certifications. She also educates the general public in the form of educators programs that are run annually.

Malik also has written and set up Chefs’ Choice programs for the general public. She generally runs two per year, focusing in wines of the New World and Europe. She also teaches the Intermediate and Advanced WSET program to the general public.

Malik is chair of the Charlotte Campus’ Scholarship Committee, which works to ensure that students secure as much funding as possible through organizations such as the American Hotel and Lodging Education Foundation. She is also heavily involved in curriculum development, particularly online programs. Malik helped introduce the Sommelier minor in 2016 and also the Beverage Industry Operations & Retail Management bachelor’s degree program that was introduced in 2017.

Areas of expertise

  • Beverage Appreciation
  • Hospitality Systems
  • Restaurant Management
  • Wine and Spirits Education

Memberships

  • Society of Wine Educators, 2007–present

Awards

  • 2005 + 2006: Johnson and Wales University Special Merit Teaching Award